MT. VERNON, Mo. — Tired of putting up with problems related to fescue toxicosis? Problems frequently seen are poor weight gains, low conception rates, long rough haircoats even in the summer, heat stress, standing in ponds and mudholes.
If you have had enough, then plan to attend the Novel Tall Fescue Renovation Workshop starting at 8:30 a.m. March 25 at the University of Missouri Southwest Research and Educational Center, Mt. Vernon.
Attendees will learn details about fescue toxicosis, transitioning from toxic fescue, testing of the seed and forage and how to convert and manage novel fescue the first year of establishment.
Speakers include extension specialists and researchers from all across the fescue belt.
Local farmers will share their experiences in converting from Kentucky 31 fescue to the friendly or novel varieties.
This year seven workshops will be held during March in Virginia, North Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee, Kentucky, Arkansas and Missouri. Producers in southern Missouri may attend the program either the Mt. Vernon event on March 25 or the same program in Harrison, Arkansas on March 24.
Registration may be done online for the Mt. Vernon site at http://tallfescuemo2020.eventbrite.com. Before March 17 the fee is $65. After March 17 the fee is $80. The fee covers lunch, refreshments and proceedings.
For more details, you may call the Southwest Research Center, 417-466-2148 or the Lawrence County Extension Center 417-466-3102.
— David Burton, University of Missouri Extension
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